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Fender CD-60 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Review

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Fender CD-60 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

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What Is the Fender CD-60 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar?

This Fender CD-60 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar has a beautiful mahogany wood neck with a 20-Fret Rosewood Fingerboard. Rosewood is known for it’s quality in acoustic guitars and goes perfectly with the guitar finish. The Fender CD-60 also sports a Rosewood bridge with a compensated saddle. What is a compensated saddle? It is a bridge saddle that has a staggered profile to make the playing pitch more accurate – that is to say, better sound.

This particular Fender CD-60 also features a laminated Mahogany top with scalloped X-Bracing (sturdy), and a laminated mahogany back and sides.  Some die hard solid wood fans would say the laminate is a deterrent, but, it keeps the guitar inexpensive while maintaining those fantastic mahogany mellow tones.

In addition to the lessened expense, the laminate helps reduce the overall weight. Which is great for extended play sessions because the Fender CD-60 Dreadnought is a very large acoustic guitar. The laminate also makes a very sturdy body which has held up well with me traveling in the van, on stage and being banged around by my band mates.  We play in smaller venues and limited space with a large instrument can be perilous.  The dreadnought dreads not my clumsy nature.

 

How does it feel to play and hear the Fender CD-60 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar?

You’re playing a Dreadnought. It’s a beast!  This particular Bad Boy, the Fender CD-60 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar measures in at a lofty 47” so it is bigger than your average sized acoustic guitar.  You can’t help but feel like the biggest band member in the room!

You Don’t Have to Be a Giant. I have medium hands, not giant hands, not Marco Rubio joking about Donald Trump’s Tiny Man Hands, just average hands. The Fender CD-60 Dreadnought is a larger than average guitar. Luckily, the neck is a great width and not as oversized as the body and is very playable for almost anyone.

Deep, Bold, Enriched, Loud Sound. The tones, while a little mellow due to the quality mahogany laminates of the soundboard are deep and resounding thanks to the thick body. Peering into the sound hole for a dropped pick is like staring into the Mariana Trench. The music produced out of this guitar is so powerful and crisp. It can easily stand alone as a solo instrument instead of being a backup guitar hidden in the band.

I like to play country blues, southern rock and rockabilly similar to the likes of Reverend Horton Heat. The Fender CD-60 let me play the softer, slow bluesy songs with its mellow quality and had more than enough power to jam out the raunchiest bits of rock I could inflict on it, too.

In addition to its sound variety, one thing I noticed was the sound stays clear when picked, but I when I finger-picked a few tunes there was a vibration and expiration of sound like a solid wood folk acoustic guitar. This is an exceptionally nice surprise, and one not typically found in any laminate acoustic guitars.  That speaks volumes to me about the quality of the Fender CD-60 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar.

The action was very comfortable for me to play more difficult chords. Because it was lower than other guitars I have played.  Very nice to press and smooth transitions for blues and southern rock jam outs. It stays in tune for extended periods and has a consistent sound.

Pros

  • Great Price for the full size and quality
  • It comes with a manufacturer warranty
  • I know it’s a personal thing, but a truly beautiful guitar
  • Mahogany laminates send out strong, heavy mellow tones
  • Large body booms out crisp tones, everything you want in a Dreadnought

Cons

Sorry Lefties!

  • It does not currently come with a left-hand option

Final Verdict

This acoustic guitar is one I would definitely recommend. A beginner needing to play a larger guitar or anyone in the intermediate stages of acoustic guitar playing who is ready to step into a gorgeous instrument.  The sound quality is great enough that a professional could use this as an inexpensive standalone instrument. The price is really reasonable and the sound quality is great, making it a great band guitar as well.

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About the Author Joe

Hi, I am Joe Nevin, 30 years of age. Despite being involved in a different occupation where I have to work from 9 to 5, I am very passionate about music and playing guitar since I was 12 years old! Thus, being inspired to start guitareviewed.com with an intention of pursuing my passion as I offer important information in the line of music and guitar.

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